Evidence Based Practice Unit


Child Outcomes Research Consortium

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) collects and uses evidence to enable more effective child-centred support, services and systems to improve children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. CORC has 20 years' experience in bringing together theoretical knowledge on outcome measurement and relating this to the insights and expertise developed by practitioners working with children and young people on the ground.

Founded in 2002 by a group of mental health professionals determined to understand the impact of their work, today CORC's members include mental health service providers, schools, professional bodies and research institutions from across Europe and beyond. 

CORC holds data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK.

Members of the team provide a range of support for the collection, analysis and reporting of data and the use of data to improve services as well as training and knowledge-sharing opportunities, such as the annual CORC Forum and Spring Seminar Programme.

Since September 2021, CORC is part of the Anna Freud Centre. You can read more about this close collaboration here

For individuals looking for information on specific outcome and experience measures and how to measure children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: https://www.corc.uk.net/outcome-experience-measures/

For individuals looking for further guidance, research reports and resources regarding the use and interpretation of outcome and experience measures in children and young people mental health, visit CORC’s Resource Hub: https://www.corc.uk.net/resource-hub/

For individuals thinking about collaborating with CORC to conduct research on specific service improvement or transformation projects: https://www.corc.uk.net/about-corc/projects-and-collaborations/